Another chilling read by Carlene Thompson!! It's recommended for 12 and up, which is fine, but I'd say it probably interests more of the 14-18ish range, so around 8th-12th grade. But really quickly I began to notice that Emily was a bit of a coward. Since You’ve Been Gone is the story of Emily Hughes’ summer. I absolutely love to travel, but home will always be in Toronto. Start by marking “Since You've Been Gone” as Want to Read: Error rating book. “I don’t think you have to do something so big to be brave. To see what your friends thought of this book, When I am wrong, I can admit it. She never knew who took him or why he was killed, and now, years later, she is back and embroiled in another high-profile case. All she leaves behind is a to-do list. John Grisham's Recommended Thriller Reading List. We get wrepped up romance ending but not the female frienship I rooted for more, why??? That is why I have come to tell you that I, on occasion, am a book snot. Emily and Sloane have been best friends for years. Books come with me everywhere and I can't wait to hear if you agree or disagree with my reviews. I get the Kelly Clarkson song running through my head every time I see this book. :P, Reread June 21-23 2015 for #monthofmatson. It didn’t help though when her beloved brother was kidnapped. The first 100 pages I was hooked and I loved it, but the book started to lose its luster from then on out. But everything has … A 7 year old child is kidnapped. not usually gonna blip my radar. She never knew who took him or why he was killed, and now. Picture this: two best friends who do everything together. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Watch my interview with Morgan Matson here: morgan matson is a summer queen (yes, i know its still technically winter, and. first of all, I figured out who the bad guy was fairly early on. [ The kidnapper / killer is killed which means in a sense he got away with it all. Although I have read them, I tried to steer clear of them because I thought they were all horribly dull and predictable. Murder, Mystery, thriller books have not always been my forte. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles but halfway though a theater degree, she started working in the children's department of Vroman's Bookstore and fell in love with YA literature. I really enjoyed this book. Since then, I've continued to love all of her characters and the stories she's given us. This isn't something I paid much attention to in the past, though have noticed recently since starting back on her books. first of all, I figured out who the bad guy was fairly early on. It didn’t help though when her beloved brother was kidnapped. I loved the characters, except Lynn and Jean (I'm sure that's why they're written unfavorably) and the story. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I've always had a thing for stories that feature the power of certain abilities, such as those featured in this book, and it has been a while since I've been able to read a book in a day. I've noticed a pattern with ESP in the last few books I've read. In the process of doing that, Emily makes new friends, falls in love, finds herself and figures out why her best friend left and where she went. Of course I assume she will be friends with Collins because he is Frank's best friend, but Dawn was really upset and I just don't get how a frienship/s that were bult through the book could be left this way when it is what this book was about. Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Matson deftly captures the intimacy of teen best friendship -- how it really does feel like you're "only … So I would like to say that I am throughly enjoying this at the moment. All characters are important in this novel, however I feel that Emily, Frank, and Sloane are the three main characters. I haven't been quite clear on what she she stole. Which is not a bad thing, as I have read most of them. I forget how much I really like this author! This book is about second sight and the use of it. I did struggle to get into this book but I think it is more because I have had such a long reading lull and not down to the book itself. Who would this book typically interest? After her best friend, Sloane, disappears with her family and leaves no trace, Emily is left alone and friendless for summer. It's suspenseful, on the edge of your seat and very well-written. [Emily and Dawn's friendship, nor Emily and Collins's. Emily is about to take some risks and have the most unexpected summer ever. Hi, I'm Alexandra! I admit, it is not the best book I have read, but it is far from the worst, and on the back of this, I am tempted to try out a number of her other books. Whereas Second Chance Summer and Amy and Roger's Epic Detour both focused on main characters grieving the loss of a parent, SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE chronicles a different kind of grief: the abrupt loss of a friend (who's still alive but mysteriously gone without any communication except a letter). BE AWARE WHEN ANSWERING/READING THE QUESTION!!!! September 17th 2001 The protagonist, while trying to find the boy, is still going out on dates, laughing, flirting, having a grand old time. The book "Since You've Been Gone" by Morgan Matson is a book about friend ships and adventures. So I would like to say that I a. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published She is reluctant to use it, as during her youth it brought her shunning from her peers, and rejection by those she loved most. *Maybe* I am too old for this book. Be the first to ask a question about Since You've Been Gone. But, the main thing that bugged me is the general frivolity throughout the book. Yes, bits are predictable, but it has so many twists and turns that he predicatble parts you can over look. The young son of a childhood friend and cousin is missing, and the town is again in turmoil. Additionally, it brought her into the limelight as she helped the local police in solving several cases, including ones that sent family members of her friends to prison. That is not the case in this book. See all 51 questions about Since You've Been Gone…, Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - Restarting March 13th 2020, Since You've Been Gone, by Morgan Matson -> Restarting July 15th, 2019, The 100 Most Popular Young Adult Books on Goodreads. And even the mother goes to that, though she's pretty subdued through the whole thing. give me grand battles to the death, or a pandemic of some kind, zombies or even just basic wilderness survival, and i am on board. Additionally, it brought her into the limelight as she helped the local police in solving several cases, including ones that sent family members of her friends to prison. I mean, the situation was done, well, not badly, and Emily never once antagonized her as (ehm ehm Anna in Anna and the French Kiss did.. ugh that book!) Yet, the only one not living it up is the mother. The protagonist, while trying to find the boy, is still goin. I'm sorry, but my mind is a bit fuzzy on this. Some of the supporting characters are; Emily's brother, Beckett, Frank's best friend, Collins, Gideon, Sam, and so many more. Emily’s … but as much as I liked them as a friends... because of this, I wished this book didn't have any romance or that he broke up with Lissa at the beggining of the novel rather than the end. So, I … ❤️. Books come with me everywhere and I can't wait to hear if you agree or disagree with my reviews. There’s just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. Since You've Been Gone is about Emily, who wakes up one day, discovering that her best friend is gone but she left her a list of things to do. Enjoyed this one a lot. Welcome back. but teens who aren't in peril in some way?? But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. At times almost felt like I was reading an upgrade of a Nancy Drew book. I absolutely love to travel, but home will always be in Toronto. But really quickly I began to notice that Emily was a bit of a coward. That is not the case in this book. A 7 year old child is kidnapped. It was suspensful and romantic at the same time. Welcome back. Yes, bits are predictable, but it has so many twists and turns that he predicatble parts you can over look. Just a bit different friend. We’d love your help. She stole a towel from Frank's neighbors house. Will her second sight save this child? She was overwhelmingly shy, to the point where she chickened out to do most items on her list the first time, and she was terrified of confrontation. Carlene Thompson is an author of suspense thriller novels. Yet, the only one not living it up is the mother. good surprise ending ---- good mystery like her stories. A few years ago I saw this book in a bookstore and decided to pick it up (I honestly just thought the girls on the cover looked really cool and I wanted to know what their story was!). this is not the kind of book i would ordinarily read. I thought this book was the perfect summer read and it put me in a great, summery mood. All I really remember is her failing attempt to get that poster for Sloane and Frank covering up for her. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone who yanks you out of your shell. But, the main thing that bugged me is the general frivolity throughout the book. Once I got into it I struggled to put it down! She is reluctant to use it, as during her youth it brought her shunning from her peers, and rejection by those she loved most. Not my favorite thing but this book was great! The storyline was interesting, but I think this book would have benefitted from several more re-writes. It reminds me of my friendship with a person much louder than I am, more confident, more charming, just like Sloane. In a well ordered universe everyone will have read this book and loved it just as much as I did!! In Since You’ve Been Gone, Emily is part of a dynamic duo. To see what your friends thought of this book. And it’s the little things that are harder anyway.”, The Inky Awards Nominee for Silver Inky (2015), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Young Adult Fiction (2014), WARNING!! Refresh and try again. So intriguing, keeps you guessing. It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. Really well written with lots of decoys to try and throw you off the scent. [the fact that he had a long term girlfriend the whole way through, breaking up with her just at the end. Young Rebecca Ryan comes from a family of clairvoyants, and has the gift herself. Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: All of Morgan Matson's books that I've read so far have been 5 stars for me. S. This book was really, really enjoyable! THIS MAY SPOIL SOME PARTS OF THE BOOK!!! I thought the story was interesting and I was definitely unable to put this book down, hence why i'm writing this review at 3:30 in the morning and I have a job interview in less than 7 hours. This was a bit frustrating to read. Since then, I've continued to love all of her characters and the stories she's given us. Most of the characters in the book are fairly close relatives. Young Rebecca Ryan comes from a family of clairvoyants, and has the gift herself. And they even throw a party. That is why I have come to tell you that I, on occasion, am a book snot. Although I have read them, I tried to steer clear of them because I thought they were all horribly dull and predictable. Very good mystery. [but still was friends with Sloane in the end.